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    Stuart
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    2003 e39 530i Motorsport
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    2003 e39 ///M5
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    1972 HQ Monaro LS

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  1. e39 540 Oxford Green

    Interesting in that being a NZ New car, it was built in June 2001 but not registered until August 2003, and it's had 9 private / 14 owners all up... looks like it had a personalised plate to start before being changed to current one in 2004.
  2. Road Toll Not working

    Yes incompetency is rampant across the NZ driving public. Tailgating is my biggest angst... if I'm doing 103 I don't expect someone to be 5m off my back bumper... they are though, and they are always the younger ones, they have simply no idea of the danger they are putting everyone in - stupid. NZ society is dumbing down and an increase in road deaths comes as absolutely no surprise and is only one symptom of many...
  3. Hello, Does anyone know this car at all? History etc? https://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=1602693860 Cheers,
  4. 99 E39 540i

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  5. awesome E39 up for sale

    Mine (M5) even has cassette player with TV screen... Yes a great colour that's for sure....original plates too... Hmmmm....
  6. E46 M3 mirror leak

    I got a new dimming glass from "MirrorJohn" in the UK http://www.mirrorjohn.com/ $200 landed I think. Bit of soldering required but PoP.
  7. Taupo BMW track day 10 March

    Yep I'm going with the M5, just checked that my insurance covers it which it does...
  8. I'd start with the aerial wire connector into radio module first (mine is a BM53) (check that the very thin centre pin is making contact, a very slight bend on it may help to put it slightly off centre and improve contact), then move to c pillars and check continuity of screen aerials and the white aerial amp boxes / connections etc... check power supply to c pillar boxes has 12v. It's also suggested the radio module itself is at fault (see service note I found), new ones are available but there are many part numbers listed and you need to ensure you get the correct equivalent one for your setup. A few $$$ though.. BMW_ServiceNote_BM53 radio.pdf
  9. The aerial from the c pillar connects into the radio module in the boot. I'm also suffering from very poor reception. Apparently it could be anything from the rear screen itself, to the aerial amp modules in the c pillars, lack of power to aerial amps, the radio module itself, and connectors. I've tried a fair bit and given up for the meantime after connecting up the aux cable and going Spotify off phone...
  10. What'd you do to your BMW today?

    Drove it - New Plymouth to Hamilton .. washed it... as you do...
  11. 540i Msport new member Auckland

    Caffeine and Classics 25th Feb, smales farm,north shore.
  12. 540i Msport new member Auckland

    Always good to welcome another e39 owner along Cheers Stuart.
  13. What'd you do to your BMW today?

    @BreakMyWindow Those pictures look very very familiar , just done this to the LR door on M5 but not sure if it has worked... may need to rip it off again...
  14. What'd you do to your BMW today?

    The fun continues , today was mancave day on the 530 for: Upper rear suspension wishbones (right side was going to fail next WOF), new radiator (original one still in car, not happy with fit of new one, Schmiedmann claims its OE quality but the shroud not quite right, it's in though..), and exhaust bracket replaced due to breakage. Lucky I parked the other e39 out front as an emergency trip to SCA was needed for more tools... also had to hunt high and low for a nut to fit exhaust bracket, happy to say there's a little bit of HQ Holden in the Beema...
  15. 2003 e39 530i MS Topas Blau

    Now coming up 18 months of ownership (got it at 232k km, now sitting at 244k km) and it's been a great (and somewhat $$) journey. I absolutely love this car and as I've spent far more than it's worth (price of a hobby..), it might be around for some time... although everything has its price... As a short summary of some work...; Interior and exterior trim/seals and underbody shields, centre console compartment and cupholders, watermark and clear coat scratch removal (2000 grit wet sand + 3M 3 step buff & polish process), paintless dent removal, rear bumper paint, VANOS O-rings, DISA (G.A.S kit), new CCV system, thermostat, waterpump, belts, hoses, gaskets, O-rings, fan clutch, fan shroud, wheel refurb, oil pan gasket, valve cover gasket (weeping again damit), spark plugs, washer jets and pipes, fuel cap, radiator cap (1.2 bar) and a fair bit of underbody and wheel arch cleaning. New tyres Falken FK453 all around (rears today..). Also today I had windscreen replaced under insurance for a faulty rain sensor, now got a BMW screen in with the optical bit of the sensor factory glued... Also today headlight adjusters replaced and lens polished (not cheap exercise but cheaper than new lights...). Also informed that top right rear suspension arm is getting tired so a new set is on the way from FCP Euro. AND finally a new radiator from Schmiedmann is sitting in the garage waiting to go in (the original 2002 built one is still in the car - on borrowed time...). Most of the work above been done by myself and YouTube... some exceptions... In the year or so prior to me getting it, it had a front end re-paint (spoiler not original as headlight washer jets are missing - indicates a bit of a biff in a previous life), a radiator expansion tank, OFHG, and trans fluid renewed among a few usual items... Next year I think I'll have to address the paint on roof as a few historic stone chips up there need dealing to... Like all of our cars - it's had a lot thrown at it, but I wouldn't have it any other way...
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